The Hot 100
Published: October, 2009
From the best courses, clubhouses and resorts to the best golf monuments and places to walk in the footsteps of local legends, here’s our annual list of everything we love about golf in Southern California.
Article Finding 100 entries on Southland Golf’s 2009 Hot List wasn’t difficult. We could easily have found 1,000 cool, groovy and out of sight things to write about on our home turf. But this year, our annual Best of Southern California Golf Issue focuses primarily on those facilities that truly are the lifeblood of golf in our region — the ones we all can play. Yes, we have some of the finest and most famous private clubs in the world, but let’s face it, those are generally reserved for the wealthy and well connected. For the rest of us, we have to settle for public golf venues, whether it’s a nine-hole executive course or an opulent high-end daily-fee resort. Check that: “settle” isn’t the right word. When you look over our 2009 Hot List, you’ll see that our vast array of public courses could keep even the most avid golfer happy for a lifetime.
Orange County: Resort at Pelican Hill
Ocean views, lavish rooms, luxurious amenities and two Tom Fazio courses — that’s tough to top.
San Diego: The Grand Del Mar
Developer Douglas Manchester sought to create the king of resorts, and he may have done it. The Grand Del Mar is secluded and serene while still being quite close to the ocean.
Coachella Valley: Marriott Desert Springs Resort
Come here during the Bob Hope Classic and you just might bump into big-time pro golfers or celebrities — Nick Faldo was a guest earlier this year.
Los Angeles: Pacific Palms Resort
Perhaps no other resort in Southern California can boast the Hollywood connections of Pacific Palms, where a recent episode of HBO’s “Entourage” was shot. The refurbished courses are classic golf at their best while the hotel exudes affordable modern elegance.
Inland Empire: Temecula Creek Inn Golf Resort
Whether you’re after wine tasting, golf or getting away from it all, T.C.I. is a great hub
San Diego: Maderas Golf Club
A country-club-like setting and a heck of a golf course can be found at Maderas in Poway.
Orange County: Tustin Ranch Golf Club
“Public play, private feel” has been the facility’s slogan for some time, and it’s true thanks to great service and a fun, resort-style layout.
Los Angeles: Industry Hills Golf Club at Pacific Palms Resort
If for nothing else than escaping the hubbub of the city of Los Angeles, Industry Hills is a great experience thanks to two superb courses and a posh new resort.
Coachella Valley: Desert Willow Golf Resort
Scenery, tranquility, convenience, variety — they’re all par for the course at the 36-hole Palm Desert venue.
Inland Empire: Links at Summerly
There’s just something about playing a layout that seeks to embody the old-style linksland courses of the British Isles. And those courses don’t have sumptuous barbeque waiting in the clubhouse.